How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you growing bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain management menus
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...